CC00053: Bruce Springsteen

  • Born to Run (10)
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town (10)
  • The River (10)
  • Born in the U.S.A. (10)
  • Nebraska (10)
  • The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle (9)
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad (8.5)
  • Live 1975-1985 (8)
  • Tunnel of Love (8)
  • Tracks (7)
  • Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ (6.5)
  • Lucky Town (6)
  • Greatest Hits [Columbia] (6)
  • Human Touch (5.5)
Author Comments: 

This is an entry in a continuing series I call Critical Consensus. I am averaging the opinions of several excellent music critics to produce a list of each artist's albums. The albums will each have a rating between 1 and 10. The albums will be listed in a recommended purchasing order, so new fans will have an idea of where the best place to start buying an artist's work is. These are not my opinions, although, since I have chosen the critics used (and I'm using many), my taste will perhaps seep through a bit.

Terribly nerdy, I know, but maybe this will help people only now beginning to dabble into certain artists' bodies of work.

Hey, another big hitter on the CC list! I've never been terribly enamored of the Boss, but I really love the darker, starker stuff like Nebraska. I was also disappointed with the Greatest Hits album; I wish Columbia would do something a little better. I know its new, but what do you think the new box set would rate?

Johnny Waco

Also, Do you think you could do Tom Petty anytime soon?

Thanks! Actually, Tracks, the new box set I believe you are speaking of, is listed above. Since the sheer mass of the material and the uneven quality of the material drug it down a bit, I'd be very interested to see how the one disc distillation, 18 Tracks, would do.

The Ghost of Tom Joad was definitely the most argued-over album; some critics found it bland, while others ranked it as a favorite.

I'll try to hammer out Tom Petty tonight and post it by the end of lunch tomorrow. He has quite a few albums, so I make no promises, but I'll give it my best shot.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs